Saturday, February 28, 2009
Jawbreaker - Rarities 1989-1996
Jawbreaker. My favorite band that formed within the past 20 years. I saw them play in the cramped, hot basement of ABC No Rio in NYC sometime in the early '90s, and literally had goosebumps the entire time. It was a religious experience. I had the song Do You Still Hate Me stuck in my head for weeks after only hearing it that one time (the album hadn't been released yet). That's truly a testament to great songwriting.
The first half of this collection is comprised of 1989 demo tracks. The demos (referred to as Demo #1 and Demo #2) are pretty accessible on the web, but in this collection there are 2 tracks, If I Could and Better Off, that are omitted from all copies i've seen. There is one more rare demo track (omitted from Demo #1) called Good 45, which unfortunately i couldn't locate a decent sounding rip of. I decided not to include certain tracks from Demo #2 (Gutless, Fantastic Planet, and With or Without U2), because those exact versions were released on various comps and splits, including the Etc. CD put out by Blackball. The second half of the collection is all various live songs recorded between 1990-1996. All of them are live versions of unreleased songs except for Eye-5, which i included because it's an incredible version of my all time favorite Jawbreaker song. Chasing the Wild Goose was originally written by Bad Religion, and Just What I Needed was originally written by the Cars. Thanks to Imagnry War and Smegma for their help with this. Enjoy!